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Aspen City Council and Pitkin County commissioners are looking for more input from the public and more deliberation on the finer points of a plan to place elected officials on the Aspen-Pitkin Housing Authority Board while giving it more power.
In a joint work session Tuesday, members of the two bodies were mostly in agreement that it would be a good thing to stack the APCHA board with more elected officials while giving that board the final sign-off authority on proposed policy changes. That would reform the current governance structure, where the decisions of the appointed APCHA board must then be approved by the commissioners and the council, with either body able to exercise a veto.
“That structure excels at creating a system of checks and balances and ensuring consensus before decisions are made but it does not excel in making hard decisions in a timely manner,” County Manager Jon Peacock said at the outset of the discussion.